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Toward The Future

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These essays derive from Teilhard's concern to reveal the true meaning of our age and to stimulate the "sense of man and sense of the Christian." The controversial essay "The Evolution of Chastity" was published here in its entirety for the first time. Foreword by N. M. Wildiers; Index. Translated by René Hague. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Paperback, 228 pages
Published October 15th 1975 by Mariner Books
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David
Jan 23, 2011 David rated it it was ok
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was one of the most forward-looking thinkers of the early twentieth century. Trained as a paleontologist and ordained a Jesuit priest, foresaw the time when scientific knowledge and religious knowledge would join together in an ecstasy of sorts that he termed the "Omega Point". This is arguably one of the greatest single ideas of twentieth century thought. If the book were rated solely on this point, it would definitely be a 5-star work.

However, reading Teilhard's book
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James Hecker
At times a nearly inaccessable attempt to merge the mysticism of faith to the reason of science. I actually enjoyed the book very much, however I can't think of too many people I know that would find it a captivating read.

There were many times I found humor, and there were also some ideas I considered quite original and intriguing. The book did make me feel at times that I was "in on" concepts and postulations that few others had or ever would consider.

It also caused me to have to find the mean
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Aug 06, 2011 Matt rated it liked it
This small sampling of Teilhard de Chardin is a good intro to his fundamental thoughts and theories about humanity and religion in a transhistorical context. I find his writing very clear and concise; the translation is adequate. The most enjoyable essays were the shorter ones about the value of art in the future, and redefinitions of "christian" values like chastity. Good overall, but for more in-depth stuff, he has better books.
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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a visionary French Jesuit, paleontologist, biologist, and philosopher, who spent the bulk of his life trying to integrate religious experience with natural science, most specifically Christian theology with theories of evolution. In this endeavor he became absolutely enthralled with the possibilities for humankind, which he saw as heading for an exciting convergence ...more
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